Meet Heather - The heart and spirit of Soul Surf Sessions
Heather had just turned four. Yet her Mom decided it was time to teach her how to body surf at Hapuna Beach, the only true sandy beach on the Big Island. By her 8th birthday she was in the water every chance she got with her body board. By age 15, she drove herself to the side of the island with the best surf during the winter time.
But Big Island's surf is demanding. It's shallow reefs, big trade wind swells and sharp volcanic rocks are unforgiving. Surfing in these conditions since childhood turned Heather into a teacher who can truly read the ocean and judge any situation in the water.
Her love of the ocean has also led Heather to pursue just about every other water sport such as stand up paddle boarding (SUP), sailing , kayaking, swimming, wind surfing, fishing, spear diving, free diving, scuba diving, and outrigger canoe paddling. If you are looking for more confidence in the water, you will deeply benefit from her broad experience.
From age 18 on, Heather competed in local surf contests. And continued to do so when she moved to Redondo Beach, California. Until one day, while waiting for her heat, she realized she was bored with the rules and restrictions of competing. So she listened to her heart and decided to strictly surf for fun. Teaching became a natural next step to share that fun with as many people as possible.
And she did so all around the world. Being an adventurous spirit, Heather has surfed the beaches of Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Italy, Spain, England and even Iceland. Whatever type of break you are training for - Heather has probably surfed it. And will be able to set you up for success in these conditions.
American Red Cross Ocean Lifeguard Certification
AED - Blood Born Pathogen
PADI Certified Open Water Diver
FII Waterman Survival Extended
Mukti Yoga Pranayama and Meditation
Meet Eduardo - Experienced and Compassionate Surf Instructor
Eduardo Palis has many years experience as a surfer and surf instructor, he is originally from Brazil and speaks Portuguese and English. He is patient and kind and is happiest in the water!
“Nothing is better than a surf and nothing makes me happier than spreading the Aloha Spirit. Teaching kids and adults how to surf is my passion and I’ll help you to love the salt water!”